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Nestle on China, candy, nutrition - analysis

Delivering its first-half numbers yesterday (18 August), Nestle reported a stronger operating performance but a sluggish organic growth rate...

US companies gain crucial concession on GM labels

The new federal bill on the labelling of genetically-modified ingredients in the US includes a critical compromise which will allow the nece...

What lies ahead for Tyrrells and Amplify?

Amplify Snack Brands, the US snack maker, this week announced its latest acquisition, striking a deal to buy private-equity-owned UK crisp f...

Kellogg on new targets, ZBB and Q2 - analysis

Kellogg last week announced mixed second-quarter results, with growth in underlying operating profit above analyst expectations but reported...

Australia's Woolworths touts progress, UK discounter Poundland sold - retail round-up, July 2016 9 Aug 2016

Dean Best

In July, Woolworths, Australia's largest retailer, saw its shares jump the most in a single day for 20 years after it announced more initiatives to improve its performance. The month also saw UK discount chain Poundland accept a takeover offer from South African retailer Steinhoff.

McDonald's US sales disappoint, Bloomin' Brands makes Middle East push, Starbucks' Italian investment - foodservice focus, July 2016 8 Aug 2016

Dean Best

July saw McDonald's announce slowing sales growth in the US, hitting the fast-food operator's shares. US casual dining group Bloomin' Brands announced two deals that gave a flavour of its international strategy. And Starbucks invested in bakery chain Princi to supply its fledgling upmarket concepts Roastery and Reserve.

Future trends in natural food to go mainstream - analysis 5 Aug 2016

Katy Askew

Consumer demand for natural and organic foods is ballooning in developed markets and the sector is expanding its appeal to mainstream consumers. As a result, the category has disrupted the increasingly fragmented food industry, challenging legacy brands that have seen sales eroded. just-food takes a look at the up-and-coming trends born in the natural food sector that are now ready to tip into the mainstream. 

Hershey Trust settles governance issues – what does it mean for Mondelez? 2 Aug 2016

Katy Askew

The Hershey Trust, which owns over 80% of the US confectioner's voting rights, has reached an agreement with the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office to settle concerns over its governance - and there could be consqeuences for Mondelez International's interest in the Reese's maker.

The battle between brands and own-label in western Europe - analysis 2 Aug 2016

Tim Eales, IRI

Tim Eales, director of strategic insight at IRI, dips into the analyst firm's latest data on FMCG private label in western Europe and looks at how own-label is faring against national brands in the region.

Mondelez International on China, Hershey and Q2 results - 6 Things to Learn 28 Jul 2016

Dean Best

Mondelez International yesterday (28 July) reported its second-quarter and half-year numbers, leading to the US snacks giant's shares sliding almost 3% in the New York. The Oreo maker's operating margins and underlying earnings per share beat analyst forecasts - but growth in revenues on organic basis was weak and the company is now less certain about its forecast for annual sales. There was also plenty for Mondelez to discuss beyond the financials, notably its push into chocolate in China and its interest in Hershey.

Food companies can lead on workplace nutrition - analysis 28 Jul 2016

Ben Cooper

Improving the diet of employees can boost productivity, morale and staff retention, making workplace nutrition an increasing priority for any company. But, Ben Cooper writes, the nutritional value of workplace catering at a food company is likely to be more closely scrutinised than at other companies, while the food sector has a unique contribution to make in improving workplace nutrition at large.

What post-Brexit trade with the EU could look like 25 Jul 2016

Keith Nuthall and Andrew Burnyeat

Branded food manufacturers based in the UK face a risk that their exports to the European Union will attract duties now the UK government has confirmed it will push ahead with plans to leave the EU following the Brexit referendum result. These could be imposed after the two years of mandated talks on a future relationship with the EU following a UK decision to trigger Article 50 under the Treaty on European Union. just-food examines what the most likely duty scenarios are for UK food companies exporting to the country's largest overseas market.

How Nestle is catering for an ageing global population  22 Jul 2016

Ben Cooper

The newest of Nestle's 40 R&D facilities is a unit in Singapore specialising in nutrition to support healthy ageing. Ben Cooper reports on the new facility and examines the role food companies can play in maintaining and improving health in old age as life expectancy increases.

How Unilever is "working harder" in tough environment  21 Jul 2016

Katy Askew

Unilever CEO Paul Polman left investors with no illusions today (21 July): trading is tough and the company expects it to get tougher. As a result, Unilever is "working harder" to drive gains and expand its share. Here is how. 

What next for Nestle under new CEO Schneider? 20 Jul 2016

Katy Askew

Nestle appointed Ulf Mark Schneider, currently CEO of healthcare company Fresenius, as its chief executive officer last month. just-food takes a look at what could be on the executive's 'to do' list as he takes the helm at the world's largest food maker. 

Hemp food sales in the US set for growth 19 Jul 2016

Ed Zwirn

The liberalisation of regulations has opened the door to hemp-based food products in various US states. Growing consumer interest in the natural products industry also looks set to support expansion of what remains a nitch area. Ed Zwirn looks at the prospects for this fledgling sector. 

Could Brexit foster a more joined-up approach to UK policymaking? 18 Jul 2016

Ben Cooper

The UK’s vote to leave the EU on 23 June triggered immediate political and economic uncertainty and has long-term implications for UK food manufacturers. Ben Cooper looks at how Brexit could impact on environmental and nutrition policy in the UK. 

Tesco, Amazon and Wal-Mart – retail round-up, June 2016 11 Jul 2016

Katy Askew

Last month saw Tesco grow in the UK as it shed less profitable areas of the business to focus on rejuvenating the core. But the going could get tougher in the UK, where retailers are expected to feel the fallout from Brexit and the likes of Amazon are making in-roads in grocery delivery. The fast-paced world of e-commerce saw notable developments, including Lidl's launch of an e-shop in the Netherlands and Wal-Mart's expansion of its online presence in China.  Here is just-food's monthly round-up of the retail news from June. 

PepsiCo performance wows with surprising sparkle 8 Jul 2016

John Shepherd

As PepsiCo's leadership team presented the group's results yesterday (7 July) they could have summed up their core message to investors with a blast from the past: "You've got a lot to live, and Pepsi's got a lot to give". That slogan from the early 1970s would be too tame for today's app hungry consumers and investors who demand infinite fizz in terms of products, ideas and healthy dollar returns. But the slogan did sum up the mood as PepsiCo reported second-quarter profit that beat analysts' estimates and the firm boosted its full-year forecast, helped by rising sales of snacks and soft drinks in North America.

McDonald's in China, Wendy's in Brazil, Boston Market in the Middle East - foodservice focus, June 2016 8 Jul 2016

Katy Askew

The dealings of US foodservice giants looking to expand in international markets proved an important theme for the foodservice sector in June. From McDonald's ongoing discussions over the lease of its franchise business in China to Wendy's expansion in Japan and Brazil, it seems the worldwide demand for fast-food remains strong. 

How Danone and WhiteWave will benefit from combination 7 Jul 2016

Katy Askew

Danone announced a deal to acquire WhiteWave Foods this morning (7 July) in a move that values the Alpro maker at around US$12.5bn. The large-scale acquisition ramps up Danone's presence in the US and enhances its exposure to on-trend categories. For its part, WhiteWave expects the deal will move it to "the next phase of growth". just-food looks at how each group stands to benefit from the business combination. 

Mondelez's bid for Hershey – 5 things to know  4 Jul 2016

Katy Askew

Hershey turned down a takeover approach from Mondelez International last week (30 June). At US$107 per share, the cash-and-shares offer valued the Reese's Pieces maker at approximately US$22.83bn. Here is just-food's summary of what you need to know about the deal. 

General Mills to invest in "growth businesses" - will it boost sales? 30 Jun 2016

Katy Askew

General Mills is the owner of US legacy food brands that have been hard hit by sweeping changes to consumption. The company, which has tried break into growth areas such as natural and organic, revealed yesterday (29 June) it will start to prioritise its investment behind the 75% of its portfolio it has identified as "growth businesses". Will this approach prove effective? Katy Askew investigates. 

Brexit - Rabobank's early assessment of the impact on food 24 Jun 2016


Uncertainty is the watchword as the UK and the EU digest British voters plumping for Brexit in yesterday's (23 June) referendum. In an exclusive column, analysts at Rabobank set out how they think the UK's departure could impact certain parts of the food sector.

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